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Benefits for mental conditions available through Social Security

Recently this Montclair Social Security Disability benefits legal blog explored the manner in which an individual may be assessed to see if he may receive benefits due to suffering from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that can deprive a person of his ability to hold down a job and earn an income; depending upon the symptoms that an individual exhibits schizophrenia can provide an extreme example of how devastating a mental illness diagnosis can be.

However, just as serious as schizophrenia are other more frequently diagnosed mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. It is an unfortunate fact that not all people recognize the severity and significant limitations these problems can impose upon their victims, and sometimes due to the social stigmas that attach to mental illness diagnoses individuals may be unwilling to admit that they are afflicted.

However, the Social Security Administration does provide a disability assessment for individuals who suffer from these illnesses. Like physical illnesses and injuries mental illnesses can prevent people from securing and keeping employment, and as a result the agency will in some cases provide benefits for mental conditions.

Different mental illnesses can require different types of assessments by the Social Security Administration to demonstrate if an individual is so afflicted as to need benefits for his sustenance. For this reason, people who suffer from mental illnesses may choose to work with attorneys who include disability benefits law in their practices. For individuals who reside in Montclair and the surrounding area, the Levine Law Firm is available for consultation regarding disability benefits based on mental illnesses and conditions. The firm provides a wide range of legal services for those who wish to apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, and at this time the firm is open to assisting new clients.

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